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December 2009 Archives

Lobbyists Spend Millions to Influence Health Care

Drugmakers, hospitals and insurers continued to pour millions of dollars into lobbying during the second quarter of this year, hoping to limit the damage to their bottom line as lawmakers and the Obama administration wrangle over landmark health-care legislation.

Why is My Case Taking so Long?

It is not uncommon to be upset at you attorney after the lawsuit is filed because such a long time passes between the time the lawsuit is started and any settlement or trial. In most states, the other person's insurance company owes you no duty to settle quickly. Your case can be settled before trial or drag on long after the trial is over. The insurance companies know that you are in a hurry to settle your case, and uses that knowledge to try to get you to settle for less. Here is a partial list of some of the things that can happen to slow down your case:

AAJ President, Anthony Tarricone, interviews on Healthcare and Medical Malpractice

Anthony Tarricone, AAJ President, recently conducted several interviews on the subject of heathcare reform and medical malpractice. Below are links to two of those interviews. He is also taping an interview to air on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. We will keep you posted as to when this will air.

State Tort Reforms Don't Lower Premiums For Doctors or Patients

No doubt you have heard a great deal on your local news stations about the vigorous debate over healthcare and comprehensive healthcare reforms. Proponents on the issue say that tort reform will reduce the amount of money insurance companies have to pay out to victims of medical negligence, which, they propose, will lead to lower medical malpractice premiums for physicians, which, in turn, will lead to lower healthcare costs and health insurance premiums for all Americans. But is that the case?

American Medical Association Suing CIGNA, & Aetna!

"We can no longer ignore improper business practices of health insurers who decide to play by their own rules without regard to patients or the legitimate costs required to care for them," is the quote from Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, president of the AMA. The AMA is claiming that the two insurance providers have short changed the doctors of out of millions of dollars of out of network healthcare.

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